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Immersive classrooms foster collaboration and educational opportunities

posted Mar 14, 2016, 2:34 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 12:47 PM ]
Byron Garrett speaks to students at Apple Valley High School, while being broadcast to campuses across the High Desert.
Students at Granite Hills High School interact with speaker Byron Garrett and classrooms across the region, through the immersive classroom.

What if you could meet with people from different cities, states and even countries without leaving your own classroom? Can you imagine the possibilities? Students at Apple Valley High School and Granite Hills High School had the opportunity to do just that, last Friday, thanks to Immersive Classrooms at each school site.

On March 11, students from the cities of Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville and Adelanto heard from Byron Garrett, Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA), Director of Educational Leadership & Policy for Microsoft and a consulting author for Scholastic. Garrett’s presentation was broadcasted from Apple Valley High School to seven different local sites. The broadcast included multi-way video communication, which meant that each location could see, hear and interact with one another.

 This was the first session in a series of broadcasts that will take place throughout the year, as part of the RAMP Up (Ready to Accelerate my Pathway) project serving the High Desert and Inland Empire Regions of Southern California.